Field Guide Blog

Detroit Future City Presents: Lots of Stories, Featuring North Rosedale Park Civic Association and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

This spring, North Rosedale Park Civic Association and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, neighborhood block clubs on Detroit’s westside, will implement DFC’s Native Butterfly Meadow and Friendly Fence lot designs to add color and beauty to the lot while also creating a stormwater solution so that neighbors can disconnect their downspouts and re-route this water into a shared, larger rain garden.

Click here to read DFC’s Lots of Stories blog, featuring North Rosedale Park Civic Association and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation.

Field Guide Blog

Detroit Future City Presents: Lots of Stories, Featuring Challenge Detroit Partnership

This month, the Challenge Detroit fellows combined DFC’s Urban Edge and Dumping Preventer lot designs to enrich the beauty of a site on Detroit’s westside by transforming the vacant lot into an open space amenity and to reduce the risk of illegal dumping by creating a planted visual barrier between the road and the lot.

Click here to read DFC’s Lots of Stories blog, featuring Challenge Detroit Partnership.


Press Release

Detroit Future City partners with Challenge Detroit for the Land Use Challenge

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office is partnering with the Challenge Detroit fellows, as well as with Black Family Development, Inc. and Nortown Community Development Corporation, for the Land Use Challenge from April 8, through May 6, 2016. The Challenge Detroit Land Use project serves as an important opportunity to further build community capacity, garner lessons learned and identify resources to help implement additional Field Guide lot designs in the community.

Here are some images from the event.

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The fellows painted the side of a neighbor’s garage that faced the vacant lot on Roylat St.
Challenge Detroit Fellows 2015-2016 from left to right: Eric Laksonen, Amelia Suarez, Nick Najor, Annie Gough

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Aerial view of vacant lot on Rolyat Street in which the Challenge Detroit Fellows implemented Dumping Preventer and Urban Edge lot designs
Drone photo taken by: Nadir Ali, Challenge Detroit Fellow 2015-2016

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Testing the soil on the vacant lot
Mikayla Cutlip, Challenge Detroit Fellow 2015-2016

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Challenge Detroit Fellows going through the capacity building exercises in the Field Guide. Left to right: Ephraim Clark, David Engel, Eric Silverstein, Gabriela Santiago-Romero, Emily Kempa

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Challenge Detroit Design Team builds a fence for the vacant lot
From Left to right: Michael Paciero, David Engel

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Challenge Detroit Fellows on Planting day April 29th, 2016
From Left to right: Nick Najor, Devon Seery, Michael Paciero (kneeling in the back, middle), David Engel, Kelsey Stein

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Challenge Detroit Fellow, Michael Paciero constricting a wooden fence for the lot on Rolyat St.

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Challenge Detroit fellows (left to right) Michael Paciero, David Engel, and Devon Seery loaded mulch onto the vacant lot during the design team’s preparation day, April 29th, 2016

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Challenge Detroit fellows flag the lot
From left to right: Paulina Kriska, Emily Kempa

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Challenge Detroit Fellows 2015-2016

In the Media

Weekly reader responses 

In response to our May 4 feature, “Collateral damage,” Anika Goss-Foster, the executive director of Detroit Future City, wrote:

On behalf of the 100,000 plus Detroiters whose input informed the Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework, I must correct the false statements made in relation to the plan and our work.

The DFC Strategic Framework absolutely does not propose the idea of a shrinking city or recommend relocating residents. The DFC Implementation Office’s mission is to put the framework’s recommendations into action through equitable civic participation, planning and land use, and policy that improves quality of life for Detroiters where they live today, while working to realize a 50-year plan for a sustainable Detroit.

Just last month, the DFC Implementation Office released the first comprehensive report on Open Space through engaging over 30 Detroit organizations to develop an approach that starts today, but has a long-term outlook that addresses Detroit’s vast amount of vacant land. We also recently released the Field Guide to Working with Lots, which gives Detroiters a user-friendly guidebook that offers step-by-step instructions and resources to transform vacant land in their neighborhood into various landscapes.

These are just two of the DFC Implementation Office’s portfolio of initiatives that demonstrate how we put the framework’s recommendations into action to address quality of life issues for Detroiters today, while instituting a foundation for long-term, systemic changes to create a sustainable Detroit.

Metro Times Staff, May 18, 2016, Detroit Metro Times